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The truth is that no matter how specific to military life a defence top brass’ training was, time also instilled in them soft skills.


This applies to an amiable, detribalized Nigerian, and accomplished army officer with an intimidating resume, General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) Nigeria’s incumbent National Security Adviser. The Borno State-born General recently put one of those special soft skills to use last weekend at the week-long 85th birthday of Prof. Wole Soyinka, the retired General took time to personally sketched different portraits of the Nobel laureate and presented the framed piece of work to the Octogenarian literary giant in Lagos. The noble laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, was really enthralled by the work of art and expressed appreciation and thanks to the NSA, for the present. "It's fascinating and nice for the NSA Gen. Monguno to take time to make the sketches, am pleasantly surprised. Thank you General," he was quoted. For many years, Monguno has been a brother to all, who has more Christian friends and as a member of the great Kings College, Lagos alumnus, he interacts better with friends feeling at home while in their company addressing everyone as brother. As a Combatant Regular Officer of the Nigeria Army, he was once recommended for the Chief of Army Staff position. Apart from his successful military career, Monguno is also an artist; he draws and plays saxophone.

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